restoring a powerbook

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by, Nov 29, 2005.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Nov 25, 2005
    what is the best method to restore a powerbook? and if have to use any third party programs, i prefer free ones :D


    sorry i have a powerbook g4 and i want to completely restore my computer. this is my final way to fix my harddrive problems. i want to get back all the space i used to have (60 gigs). i have tiger installed on my computer too. im sorry, im completely new to this site.
  2. macrumors 603


    Dec 19, 2002
    You might want to give a few more details as to what exactly you want, if you're looking for a detailed response that will actually help you:

    - What kind of Powerbook.
    - What exactly you want to restore (OS Version/Software).
  3. Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    What do you mean by "restore"? You can use the recovery disks that came with your PB to restore it to its factory state. You will lose all data. You can use a program like Carbon Copy Cloner to make a full bootable backup. If you have a crash, you can restore you computer to that state. You'll really have to write a more detailed question if you want a better answer.

    Edit: Use the restore disks that came with your computer. If you purchased a copy of Tiger, you can use that.
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 25, 2005
    i am willing to lose all my data but you see i dont have my tiger disks, im at school. i didnt have a crash i just want to start over from the start. my main problem is that i have been using too much space and quite frankly i dont know where all that space when, even after deleting many programs.
  5. Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Without the disks, you're going to struggle to be able to restore the system. Generally, most of my space is taken up by music and movies. :)
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 29, 2005
    Probably from all the music you downloaded as per your other post. You can convert all your tunes to mp3 and save some space that way. Then keep the mp3 files and delete the aiff/Apple Lossless,et al. from your iTunes library. That will save a ton of HD space.
    Deleting programs may not have been a good idea.

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